August 3, 2021 – DENTON – The New Teacher Academy (NTA) at Texas Woman’s University welcomed over 165 new educators this summer.
The ever-growing event, developed in 2014 by Sarah McMahan, PhD, and Rebecca Fredrickson, EdD, of the Department of Teacher Education, was live for the second year in a row. McMahan said more attendees were actively engaged this year.
Drake Lawson, a 2021 Master of Arts in Education (MAT) graduate who will begin teaching at Harpool Middle School in Denton this year, said he was more efficient and helpful than ever.
“I absolutely loved the educational opportunity that the New Teacher Academy gave me. I’m going to take home classroom management tips and tricks on day one and more, ”Lawson said. “It gave me a lot of self-confidence as I walked into the classroom. “
The New Teacher Academy is a collective partnership with iteachTexas, an alternative certification program that provides additional mentoring and professional development support to TWU graduates and iteachTexas candidates entering their early years of teaching.
The Virtual NTA 2021 gave participants the opportunity to participate in targeted sessions focused on improving preparation for the early years of teaching. It included strategies to prepare for the first few weeks of school and more.
“A presenter shared how she saw a video on TikTok about encouraging appropriate behavior in the classroom and implemented this idea with her college students,” McMahan said. “She explained what she did and how it worked to improve the engagement of her learners in her classroom. This strategy gave participants ideas on how they could use the technique and adapt it to any grade level.
In addition to helpful tips and guidelines from presenters, the NTA is also an opportunity for new teachers to engage with others in the same situation.
“The NTA will help me become a better teacher because I know I’m not alone,” Lawson said. “There are a ton of other first-grade teachers and seasoned educators who are ready to help me early in my teaching career.”
Last page update at 12:02 p.m. on August 3, 2021